About First Year Success

The First Year Success (FYS) program at HKUST is designed to help new students make themselves at home in this university:

  • get comfortable on campus; know where to find useful resources
  • engage with the university; know what’s available for you to get involved
  • develop a sense of purpose; know what it means to be a member of the HKUST community

The program begins with the orientation activities in August and continues throughout the academic year. This website will be a one-stop treasure trove for you to navigate your way around. This will be the beginning of an exciting and fulfilling journey. Enjoy the ride!

Highlights of the program include:

  • Orientation Activities in August

  • Healthy Lifestyle Course
    This course (HLTH1010) is a compulsory, one-year course for undergraduates to learn how to maintain a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle that will help them to effectively manage their life, learning and work. Visit http://sao.ust.hk/HLTH1010 to find out more.

  • REDbird Award Program
    This student development and leadership program aims to foster in each participant the desirable attributes of Respectful, Energetic, Diverse, bright, innovative, responsive, diligent and dependable through action-learning. Members’ accomplishments will be recognized by three levels of REDbird Award - Bronze, Silver and Gold. Visit http://redbird.ust.hk to find out more.

  • Residential Learning Programs
    The Living Learning Communities (LLC) Program in the Chan Sui Kau and Chan Lam Moon Chun Hall (UG Hall VII) and UG Hall VI aims to create and extend student learning opportunities outside the classroom in order to integrate curricular and co-curricular experiences that enhance students' intellectual and personal growth. Each LLC centers on a particular theme. The First Year Residential Life Program (FYRLP) was launched in 2014/15 for UG Halls VIII and IX. Selected students, acting as Residential Life Mentors (RLMs), will walk with the first year students in their transitions to university life, explore together what university education meant, and how to take full advantages of all that HKUST offers. Apart from the structural programs, a series of residential activities to foster freshmen bonding will also be held in student halls to facilitate your adaptation to university and hall life in a fun and fruitful way.

  • HKUST Arts Festival
    Held in March and April, the four-week HKUST Arts Festival focuses on a different theme every year, with a variety of events that range from performances to exhibitions, from seminars to practical workshops. Whether as organizers, participants or observers, students will be entertained, enlightened and inspired.

  • HKUST Service Learning Day
    Coinciding with Global Youth Service Day, HKUST Service Learning Day is actually a 4-day period over a weekend in April where students, faculty and staff fan out into the local community to engage in various meaningful community service opportunities. Students are encouraged to form teams to organize service activities or participate as volunteers in these activities.